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The Amazing Grace of Freedom (book)

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By Ted Baehr, Susan Wales and Ken Wales

Book Description

William Wilberforce, visionary and principled man of his time, is now a classic and enduring hero for ours. William Wilberforce was a man of principles whose faith helped him lead the fight to abolish slavery in Great Britain. The story of this remarkable man, recently highlighted in the feature film "Amazing Grace," is truly extraordinary, and his 30-year fight to end slavery is a faith-strengthening and inspiring tale for those who would effect change in today's society.

This book is divided into three parts. Part I is a key to understanding the importance and significance of the movie "Amazing Grace." In an exclusive interview, you will walk side by side with producer Ken Wales as he relates his six-year journey to the final production.

Part II is a guide to understanding the relevance of William Wilberforce. It reveals how one person plus God can redeem a culture. This section relates the life, times, society and culture of Wilberforce. The text is sprinkled with illustrations, photos and a historical timeline.

Part III is called Faith in Action and gives insight into the biography and character of Wilberforce. The deep faith that drove him, the ideology that spurred him on in his fight and the relationship that he had with God are woven together and tied in with other men and women who reformed England and the world.

This fascinating book includes:

  • A comprehensive collection of essays and commentary from ministry leaders and scholars such as Chuck Colson, D. James Kennedy, John Piper, Alveda King and many more
  • Historic paintings, engravings and documents highlighted on every page
  • A description of the location in historic England with movie photos and backstage info from the exciting production of "Amazing Grace."

Ted Baehr of MOVIEGUIDE has teamed with acclaimed filmmaker Ken Wales and author Susan Wales to create this unique book about the enduring legacy and powerful faith of Wilberforce. Representing an influential and growing presence of faith-honoring entertainment professionals in Hollywood, this book is an important and educational extension of the William Wilberforce story, and it will be a treasured addition to any home, school or university library.

Customer Reviews

"This is an excellent book. It has beautiful pictures and is laid out in an 'easy to read' manner." --Ì´å Ann Morrison, Fla.

"An Educational and Inspiring Look at William Wilberforce and His Fight Against Slavery. It will whet the appetite of any reader interested in the person of William Wilberforce or the slave trade that he fought against." --  Stacey, Las Vegas, Nevada

About the Author

Ted Baehr is the founder and publisher of Movieguide and Chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, as well as a noted critic, educator, lecturer and media pundit. He was president of the organization that produced "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe" for CBS-TV, boasting 37 million viewers and winning an Emmy Award. He also has produced hundreds of programs for PBS television.

Baehr has been a featured guest on "Oprah," "Hannity and Colmes," CNN, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC and "Entertainment Tonight." He has spoken at the European Parliament, the House of Lords of the Parliament of the U.K., the Parliament of Norway, the Bombay Communication Institute, Yale University, Dartmouth College, the University of Virginia and UCLA. He has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, the L.A. Times, The Washington Post, Hollywood Reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and U.S. News and World Report.

He graduated summa cum laude in comparative literature from Dartmouth College; attended Cambridge University, the University of Bordeaux and Toulouse and the University of Munich; graduated with a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law; finished his theological studies at the Institute of Theology at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine; and received a Doctor of Humanities from Belhaven College.

Baehr is the son of two successful stage, screen and television performers. He is married and has four children.